While the bomb attack that left many dead at the United Nations building in Abuja is still being discussed all over Nigeria, Ibadan the capital of Oyo State has another sad story to tell. The rain that fell from Friday evening till the early hours of Saturday left sorrow and tears and losses in its trail. Scores of people were reportedly swept away by the resultant flood while a lot of houses have collapsed.
With the collapse of the bridge linking the Awotan-Apete axis to the remaining part of Ibadan, the area seems to have been cut off. Same goes for the Oluyole Estate extension area. The bridge at Oluyole extension too gave way cutting the extension area off from the other part of the industrial estate. That apparently resulted from the overflowing of the stream over which the bridge passed. Electricity poles littered the ground on Alaafin Avenue while the intensity of the flood seemed to be greater in the neighbouring Oke Ayo area. One of the residents of the Oke Ayo who spoke to Street said “we have been outside since midnight, a section of our house has collapsed, the remaining part is shaking and it can collapse anytime.” While lamenting her family’s new state of homelessness, the lady also disclosed that one of her neighbours tried to wade through the flood with her two children and grandchildren, she disclosed that as at then, they had not been accounted for. The Seven Up area in Oluyole Estate too had a part of the road cut off.
Odo Ona, on Apata Road seemed to be worse than Oke Ayo as many buildings were completely covered by water. A number of people were also reportedly lost to the flood. The damage done to the road also caused traffic jams all around the area.
Some Polytechnic Ibadan students who spoke to Street Journal disclosed that they escaped being swept away just by a stroke of luck. One of them disclosed that the Apete Bridge collapsed less than a minute after they passed. One of them even confirmed that there were about ten people on the bridge when it fell and till now, none of them has been found.
In Odo Ona Elewe, it was reported that some people had to climb trees to escape the flood.
A trip round Ibadan showed that from Iwo Road to Challenge, Oluyole Estate, Eleyele, Odo Ona and Apata, people are still counting their losses